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adjective frightened pronunciation in British English /ˈfraɪt(ə)nd/
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  1. feeling or showing fear, especially suddenly
    The puppy looked cold and frightened.
    Bruckner was watching him with wide, frightened eyes.
    frightened to do something: Now he is frightened to go out at night.
    frightened about: There’s nothing to be frightened about.
    frightened of: I’ve always been frightened of snakes.
    frightened (that): I was frightened that he might see us.
    1. a.
      very nervous or worried
      I’m always so frightened of offending anyone.


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